Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes desperately tried to get Real Madrid fullback Fabio Coentrao to Manchester United yesterday.

United made a late attempt to sign the Portugal international after failing to agree terms with Everton for Leighton Baines.

Punto Pelota says United made contact with Mendes to try and do a quickfire deal for Coentrao in the evening, but time ran out before an agreement could be struck.

With no new left-back arriving, United blocked a loan departure for Alexander Butter last night.

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